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Today's Opinions

  • Voter turnout number still not as great as it should be

    Brunswick County bested the state as a whole in terms of voter turnout for Election Day this year. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, 3,714,582 of the state’s 7,089,657 eligible voters cast ballots, translating into 52.39 percent turnout, while 58,932 of our county’s 103,291 eligible voters did, too, amounting to 57.05 percent.

  • Events, displays are not enough to thank our veterans

    Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the event that prompted the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. It was our nation’s first observance of Veterans Day, as it came to be known in 1954, because the “war to end all wars” was not.

  • Citizens must seize chance to shape NC Moves 2050 now

    Avid Brunswick County cyclists asked the state Department of Transportation in spring 2016 to add bike paths alongside North Carolina Bike Route 3, which comes through Shallotte and goes down N.C. 179, as it prepared to pave sections of the highway in increments through 2018. NCDOT said it was not possible, not only because the request was received too late to alter plans, but also because resurfacing funds are usually not used to widen a road to add bike lanes.

  • Take proper precaution as hurricane season gives way to flu season here

    Hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30, overlapping with flu season, which began Oct. 1. Both have been deadly in North Carolina in 2018.

    Although the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has not officially recorded any flu fatalities for the current season, which ends in May, state media outlets reported one in Wake County and another in Buncombe County. Both victims were older than 65, just like the majority of those who died as a result of the virus last season across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

  • All voters must do their own homework before they cast ballots

    Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote “When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You” to help teach civics to young children. According to a PBS report, “In a section about voting, the book counsels, ‘You may be guided by the choices of your party, but you should also learn, on your own, the facts about the issues and the candidates.’”

  • Fighting Hurricane Florence’s nasty side effect: giant mosquitoes

    It is not as if Brunswick County does not have enough to deal with after Hurricane Florence. In addition to the destruction left in the storm’s wake, residents are dealing with an infestation of large, aggressive mosquitoes floodwaters have left behind.

  • Exercise patience during Hurricane Florence recovery

    Ever since Hurricane Florence smashed into the Carolinas, everyone has been trying to return to normal as quickly as possible.

    As people who had evacuated Brunswick County slowly but surely returned, even those who came back to find minimal destruction to their property were inconvenienced while government offices and many local businesses remained closed because of structural damage or a lack of supplies and resources.

  • Shame on scammers targeting victims of Hurricane Florence

    Disasters have a way of bringing communities together with an outpouring of support for those who find themselves in need. But as surely as we can count on fire ants banding together to float on floodwaters, a hurricane like Florence draws out some of the most unscrupulous thieves in existence.

    Looters and vandals who strike vacant businesses, homes and vehicles are bad enough. Even worse are the scam artists who lie in wait for the opportunity to take advantage of people in their most vulnerable moments.